Drawing by Seeing, and some reflections on life



Drawing by Seeing (John Torreano) made me think about drawing in a completely different way.

Instead of starting with a line that gets distorted because you can’t see properly and that makes you run out of space because you hadn’t planned for the big picture, start with a shape that you gradually grow until it’s just right, then develop your drawing with marks, so that the entirety of it emerges gradually, instead of piece by piece.

And I thought: This is life. Instead of building  it piece by piece, distorting our drawings because we can’t see properly, start with the rough shape of everything, then fill it in so that all parts develop gradually, and you remember to make room for everything.

Drawing by Seeing (Abrams Studio)
John Torreano

(Disclosure: The link above is an Amazon affiliate link. That said, I recommend checking out your local library. I got this book from the Toronto Public Library, yay!)

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  • http://brianegan.com Brian Egan

    First of all, you rock. Thought I’d pass along a short clip I saw earlier today and found quite interesting. It’s Milton Glaser (creator of the I (heart) New York design) drawing and talking about drawing as a means to really see and examine the world.


    Also, as a web designer for a library – I say keep promoting those libraries =) I think they’re a forgotten source of amazing things, especially in the digital age.

  • http://www.flaviosouza.net Flávio

    Hi Sacha!

    By reading your recent posts I see that you are drawing more and more.

    I’d like to know a little bit more about your drawing process. You are using inkscape, aren ‘ t you?

    Could you share it with us? Or maybe point to older posts that explains this process?

    Tks for sharing!

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua
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